Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
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Google Maps to get updated with new Assistant, AR, and recommendation features

Google Maps to get updated with new Assistant, AR, and recommendation features

But at Google I/O, the company gave us a sneak peek at what is to come from Google Maps, and no matter how nonexistent your sense of direction might be, Google can help.

The Google I/O keynote contained a number of interesting new and improved technologies, such as new features for the Google Assistant.

The mission for Google Maps for the past several years has been to help people get around in their environments. These include a For You tab, that will tell you about things like new business and trending restaurants in your neighborhood.

To solve another pain point of choosing a place to eat with friends, Google has created a feature that enables users to create a shared short list of options. All of the core Google Maps features for getting directions aren't going away, of course, but on top of that, the team has now built a new set of features that are all about exploration.

While on stage at I/O, Google also debuted a new navigation system that uses Street View and AR to guide you to your destination. First is "For You", which will automatically show you information about places in the areas that are important to you, things such as new businesses, restaurants that are trending, or recommendations of things to do that match your preferences.

The "For You" section is accompanied by a new "Match Score" feature that custom-tailor restaurant recommendations based on users' personal preferences. As it knows a lot about you, it knows what you might like. Based on the demo I saw, the team actually did a really nice job with this.

Group Planning: Add places to shareable lists, which friends and family can also add to and vote on. Once finalised, Google Maps already has functionality to let you make a reservation as well as book a cab ride to the venue.

Google will launch this new Google Maps experience later this summer.

These features should begin rolling out globally on both Android and iOS in the coming months.

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